March 24 in freethought history…

matildajoslyngageMarch 24, 1846 - Abolitionist, suffragist, social activist and freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage is born in Cicero, New York. As a young woman, she participated in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom. She was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, although she had a falling out (due to her negative views on religion) with Susan B. Anthony, who wanted to avoid secondary controversies that might endanger gaining the right of women to vote. Gage saw organized Christianity as just another way for men to cement their control over women, and worked with Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s on The Woman’s Bible. Incidentally, Gage was mother-in-law to bestselling children’s novelist L. Frank Baum. She died in 1898, aged 71.

March 24, 2011 –  The Book of Mormon, created by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, premieres at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. This satifical musical comedy has become a worldwide sensation, winning widespread critical acclaim and multiple awards (including three Tonys!).

March 24, 2012 – The Reason Rally, promoting secularism and religious skepticism, was held on the National Mall in Washington, DC, drawing between 8,000 and 30,000 spectators. Presenters included biologist Richard Dawkins, physicist Lawrence Krauss, former pastor Dan Barker, musician Tim Minchin, magician/skeptic James Randi and several others.

 

 

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